GI City Administrator recommends cutting police officers, firefighters

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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) The Grand Island city council will consider cutting 15 positions total from the city's police and fire departments.

The city will begin work on a recommended budget that cuts $2.9 million dollars for the 2018 year. The total budget target for all city operations is $41,161,783.

The city budget document released Friday afternoon outlines a number of recommended cuts including the police and fire departments.

City administrator Marlan Ferguson will recommend that the council cut nine positions from the police department:
-cutting two full-time Community Service officer positions
-not filling two currently open police officer positions
-not filling two currently open part-time Community
Service officer positions
-not replacing three positions where retirements are
expected

The fire department cuts include:
-cutting two full-time positions
-not filling two currently open positions
-not replacing two positions where retirements are
expected

Other personnel cuts would impact the library and parks departments.

The city council will meet in a special open budget work session Tuesday, July 18 at 6 pm in the board room in the Nebraska building at the state fairgrounds.

Read the original version of this article at www.ksnblocal4.com.